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The Tenth Season
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney
Running Time: 526 minutes
Retail Price: $39.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo Surround, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode), Four-Disc Set
Released: December 11th, 2007
"Frasier: The Tenth Season" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as it aired on network television. For a season that's only five years old, I have to say the transfers aren't too hot and are quite disappointing. Most notable is the amount of grain on these episodes, as they also appear a bit soft. Contrast is also up a bit, as there's plenty of mosquito noise and edge halos that are pretty distracting. (Especially in wider shots, where the halos and noise make the actors look like cardboard cutouts placed against the set.) Fleshtones and detail are pretty decent, as is color saturation. In all, the transfers are watchable, but a bit plain and not as sharp as I expected.
The episodes also feature English Stereo Surround tracks. Everything's pleasant, if unexciting: dialogue is crisp and easy to hear, the laugh track comes in rather powerfully, and the musical cues and Grammer's end-credits singing have a bit of a bounce. The occasional sound effect is limited by the range of the tracks, but can be heard.
English closed captions through your TV are included as well.
"Frasier" is one of the more celebrated sitcoms of the 1990s (and early 2000s), and truly ranks as one of the best spin-offs of all time. Fans of the series will probably want to pick this set up, even though there are no extras, some episodes have been cut and the overall image and sound quality is nothing special. If you purchase it, it's solely for its content.